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Copper Bell Trade Patterns in the Prehispanic U.S. Southwest and Northwest Mexico
By Victoria D. Vargas
Arizona State Museum
106 pp. / 8.50 in x 11.00 in / 1995
Paper (978-1-8897-4752-1) [s]
  - ASM Archaeological Series

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  - Archaeology

Examines the stylistic, temporal, and geographic variability of 622 copper bells from 93 sites, exploring the evidence for copper production at Casas Grandes and the possibility for western Mexican production. The volume also updates and revises recent copper bell typologies. Vargas confirms two phases of trade: A.D. 800-1250, when exchange seems prestige-oriented and occurred between the Hohokam in southern Arizona and groups in western Mexico; and A.D. 1250-1520, when two nodes for trade networks developed with western Mexico at Casas Grandes and in the Hohokam/Salado area.

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